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A healthcare heroes sign was posted outside of the Atlantic ImmediCare on 10th Street, which is also the site county residents must go to get a sample taken for coronavirus testing.

(May 15, 2020) Worcester County has reached 127 cases and four deaths, according to the Maryland Health Department. This is an increase of 31 from last week. 

The first death was woman in her 80s who was in hospice care at the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center prior to infection. The second case was also a woman in her 80s. The third case was probable – the individual was never tested for coronavirus. Information on the fourth death has not yet been released. 

There are 61 cases in the Berlin and Ocean Pines 21811 zip code, 14 cases in the Ocean City 21842 zip code, 12 in the Snow Hill 21863 zip code and 38 in the Pocomoke City 21851 zip code. 

A zip code must have at least eight cases to be listed. 

Sixty-six people have been released from public monitoring. Worcester has conducted 1,262 coronavirus tests.

The Berlin nursing home has recorded 30 cases, six of which are staff members. 

As of Thursday, Maryland had 35,903 cases and about half of those have been in nursing homes. 

As of Tuesday morning, there was one covid-19 patient in the intensive care unit at Atlantic General, according to Toni Keiser, vice president for public relations. 

As of Thursday, next door Wicomico had 754 cases and Sussex County has 3,503 cases. 

According Keiser, the hospital has sufficient testing, ventilators and supplies. They have received additional supplies through requests. Although Gov. Larry Hogan secured 500,000 test kits from South Korea, the hospital does not know if it will receive any of those. 

To treat patients, Atlantic General is asking for plasma donations from coronavirus survivors. This is for a Mayo Clinic study through the Blood Bank of Delmarva. 

The first patient transfusion took place on April 24. Donors must have tested positive for the virus and have been symptom-free for 28 days. Those who have been symptom-free for 14 days may also donate if they have tested negative.  

When a case is confirmed positive, the health department conducts contact tracing to inform individuals and businesses that may have come into contact with the positive case. 

If someone suspects they may have the virus, they should call their primary care provider or the health department. Do not show up unannounced to a medical facility. 

As for local testing, the Worcester County Health Department has opened a hotline Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to determine if a person should be tested. Call 410-632-1100 and select option eight. 

For general information on the coronavirus call the health department 24/7 at 410-632-4321 or visit worcesterhealth.org. View updates from Atlantic General at atlanticgeneral.org/patients-visitors/covid-19-updates/

To track Maryland cases, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov/.

To donate plasma, go to delmarvablood.org/cpdonor or call 1-88-825-6638.

Coronavirus cases in Worcester County timeline:

March 19 – Worcester County confirms its first case of coronavirus, a man in his 30s.

March 21 – A woman in her 20s tests positive.

March 30 – A third positive case diagnosed out of state is confirmed.

April 1 – A woman in her 20s tests positive. 

April 2 – A man in his 40s tests positive; health department releases three cases from public monitoring. 

April 4 – A man in his 40s and a woman in her 60s test positive. 

April 5 – A man in his 60s and a woman in her 30s test positive. 

April 6 – A man in his 40s tests for a total of 10 positive cases in Worcester; four total cases have been released from public monitoring.

April 9 – Six more people test positive. 

April 13 – Five more people test positive.

April 15 – An out-of-county resident tests positive. 

April 16 – Three more people test positive for a total of 25 cases; nine individuals have been released from public monitoring. 

April 20 – Worcester counts a total of 33 cases; 11 individuals have been released from public monitoring. 

April 21 – One more person tests positive; 13 individuals have been released from public monitoring. 

April 24 – Five more cases diagnosed; 18 cases have been released from monitoring. 

April 25 – Two cases are diagnosed. 

April 26 – Two cases are diagnosed for a total of 48. 

April 27 – Five people test positive. 

April 28 – One person tests positive; 23 cases have been released from monitoring; a woman in her 80s has died.

April 29 – Worcester has 55 confirmed cases.

April 30 – Six people test positive for a total of 61 cases; 26 cases have been released from monitoring; a second case dies. 

May 3 – Worcester counts 75 cases; 29 have been released from monitoring; a third death is probable. 

May 4 – Five more people are diagnosed. 

May 5 – One more person is diagnosed; 40 have been released from monitoring 

May 6 – Five more cases are confirmed; three more people are released from monitoring 

May 7 – Ten more people are diagnosed for 96 total; 47 total have been released from monitoring 

May 8 – Two people are diagnosed; one is released from monitoring 

May 9 – Four people are diagnosed; three are released from monitoring; another death is recorded

May 10 – Four people are diagnosed; one is released from monitoring 

May 11 – Seven people are diagnosed 

May 12 – One person is diagnosed 

May 13 – 11 people are diagnosed for a total of 125; eight people are released from monitoring  

May 14 – Two people are diagnosed for a total of 127; seven people are released from monitoring for a total of 66

Elizabeth covers Worcester County issues for Ocean City Today. In 2018, she graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelor of arts. After graduation, Elizabeth spent a year with Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, Delaware.

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